Barcelona turn down €40 million Manchester United bid for Sergi Roberto

Arnold Nichols
August 8, 2017

Manchester United have reportedly launched a €40million (£36m) bid to try and land Barcelona star Sergi Roberto.

The Mundo Deportivo report suggests that Barca are unwilling to sell Roberto and have knocked back United's opening offer but the Express claim the defender has a £36m buyout clause which has now seemingly been met.

Roberto, a 25-year-old Spanish worldwide who can play as either a midfielder or full-back, has been on the books of Barcelona since joining the club as a youngster in 2006. Chelsea are also a suitor for the midfielder-turned-right-back and could also come in with an offer.

And in the wake of emergency, Sergi rose to prominence as he starred in a makeshift role, making 47 appearances in total over last season, with 6 assists and a goal to his name.

Barca are also expected to bring in former Tottenham flop Paulinho, which will further dampen Sergi Roberto's hopes of getting increased game time in his natural midfield role.

The players future, according to the aforementioned source, is in doubt after the managerial upheaval that saw Ernesto Valverde replace Luis Enrique.

Throughout the summer, Man United and Chelsea appear to have been at loggerheads.

Chelsea, too, were looking at the player as a potential solution to the dearth of options at right wing-back.

The Catalan newspaper have also spoken to Roberto's entourage, and they gave a very non-committal answer saying everything is open until the close of the transfer window.

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